Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Update

February has certainly been busy and sweet around our house.  In the above video our sweet Hope Madeline is playing the prelude during worship with her amazing piano teacher, Mrs. Melody.  My heart was so full and happy watching her play during worship and she was cool as a cucumber.

 February ended Kyle's JV basketball season at school.  They ended with a 17-6 record and Kyle loved every minute of it. It is no secret that basketball is his passion and it is such fun watching Kyle do something he loves!  This picture blesses my heart because this happened during warmups and if you look on the front row you will see Kyle's biggest fan, David, cheering for Kyle even during warmups.

 Another sweet February moment in our house was Kyle's invitation to the Sadie Hawkins dance with his girlfriend Maggie.  She made such a cute poster and surprised him one night and asked him to the dance.  These two bless my heart and it was such fun to see them all dressed up and get some sweet pictures.
 This is a sweet picture but it is certainly not documenting a sweet moment!  Ha!  Last Friday was Misty's last day at preschool.  We are so happy for her in her new job as a school nurse but we will miss her so much at preschool.  We have made many happy memories together at FUMC with our girls, our students, and our laughs.  You have to keep a sense of humor dealing with tiny humans all the time and we certainly have!  From our pinterest failed crafts, graduations that did not go off as well as we had hoped, and catching our own kids trying to eat butter out of the fridge, we have had lots of laughs.  God has certainly blessed this preschool for over 60 years so I know he will send us the right person to take her place.  Christy and I are in denial and have not even advertised the position yet!  Ha!

 Sweet Dave has thoroughly enjoyed every moment of his AAU career this winter playing with the Cyclones.  He has scored in several games and it has been a blessing to watch his team encourage him and to watch other teams and the referees to support him when he comes into the game.  Every.single. game. that I watch I have to hold back tears of joy.
 Saturday the whole family got to watch Dave in action!!
 So far 2017 has been brutal for my Mom and my grandmother as my Mom is STILL recovering from her broken knee cap and fractured bone in her back and my grandmother lost a big toe a part of her foot due to diabetic sores.  Both are healing slowly but surely and this weekend while in Radford for GG's birthday we got to visit with Mimi in the rehab facility. It was also a big day because Maggie went with us to Radford and met the whole family! Ha!
February was busy and full but it certainly blessed us all with some sweet moments:)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rez 2017

Dear FUMC youth,

I am so incredibly proud to be one of your youth leaders.  You represented so well this past weekend in Pigeon Forge.  You have beautiful hearts that are truly seeking the Lord and I am so impressed with your maturity and faith.

We desperately desire for you to not let this be a one time experience  but to use this powerful weekend as a springboard to go deeper with our God.  He wants to be your best friend and is desperate to spend time with you.
Put him at the tip top of your totem pole.  I promise when you do everything else will fall into place.  After all that He has done for us that is his rightful place in our lives.  Lets press forward to know him more and spend time with Him.
I know for many of you this past weekend was powerful for you, and if you were one of the ones that knelt at that altar and made a big decision anytime this past weekend, please know how proud we are of you and that we will continue to pray for you.  We are committed to helping you grow in your faith so Jesus will be your lifelong best friend.
So dear ones get out that white flag and wave it.  Surrender to the One who loves us all so dearly.  Surrender your big decisions, your small decisions, your stresses and your heart.  You will be rewarded with peace and clarity knowing that you are living a life that brings glory and honor to Him.  Wave that white flag and put him on the top of your totem pole-I promise you will experience his perfect peace.
Water walkers, do not stay safe in that boat with your comfy little life, controlling everything and surrendering nothing.
Belly flop off of that boat and walk towards our God.  He has such amazing plans for you.  Show love to all, serve those that cannot serve themselves, read your bible, show up to youth, come to church, and think about that summer mission trip.
You are precious and we know that you had a blast this weekend but that you also get it that this weekend was for Jesus.  I challenge you to sit down and draw a totem pole and write your priorities down where they fall on your totem pole.  We are all guilty of getting our priorities out of whack and this visual reminder will be helpful to keeping your priorities in check and keeping God first.
It is time for us to rise up and take our faith deeper - we decided this weekend we were "all in" and ready to share the love of Christ with others.
Be bold, show love and know that I am walking beside you outside of that boat on the water ready to support you always.  I am so proud of all of our water walkers and I cannot wait to see the revival in our community!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!!

2016 was certainly a banner year around the Robinson house for our family.  We are so thankful that 2016 was a healthy year for all of us and we give God the glory for clean scans and great UVA checkups for Dave.

Here are some highlights from our year!

Youth events at church are always keeping us hopping.  Here was Hope at our princess tea party which was a fundraiser for our Nashville Mission trip.  Kyle and I had the opportunity during 2016 to serve at a nursing home and a refugee literacy center as part of our Week of Hope mission trip in Nashville.  We are excited because 2017 will provide 4/5 of our clan the opportunity to head to Charleston SC this summer for another mission trip.  Hope will not be old enough, but blessedly Mike and David will join us this year!
2016 was a year of basketball for our family! We certainly love our hoops around here! Lots of fun memories were made in 2016 in basketball gyms.
This past year Kyle has played on several AAU teams and he is now playing on his high school JV team.
Easter morning our three kiddos in blue:)
Springtime now means Challenger baseball for our family!  It is a family affair as Kyle is our pitcher, Dave plays, Hope volunteers as a helper buddy and Mike and I keep it going.  We adore these kids and we love our time at the field!  Thankfully we enjoy baseball because in 2017 Mike has stepped up to be the Little League president to keep our league going strong and to keep Challenger available to the special needs kids in our area.
This past year in 2016 Hope became a swimmer girl graduating from the developmental swim team to the LASO swim team!  She kept us busy in 2016 with her basketball, swim, and piano!
in 2016 we made lots of memories on Pops boat on Claytor Lake.  We love our lake time and we hope 2017 will also include many summer days at the lake.
This past year we enjoyed a leisurely cruise to the Bahamas with Pops and GG.  We love time together as a family to rest, relax and eat!  Ha!  Cousin Adam and Garnet joined us this past year and we had a geat time.  We also hosted Oma and Bob for a week in September.  If you ever go on a cruise they are serious about that rule about having a photo ID to return to your boat after a day on land.  Some of us learned this lesson the hard way.
In 2016 we were blessed with the opportunity to host families for Special Spectators at Virginia Tech.  We love volunteering for this amazing organization that we ourselves were blessed by when David was in treatment. We always meet the strongest and bravest families through our volunteering with Special Spectators.  In 2016 we also had the opportunity to start a summer feeding and literacy program through church for children in poverty.  It was an amazing 8 week program staffed by our youth group and it was a blessing to us all.  We are excited for the program to expand in 2017 and provide us an opportunity to serve more children.
This past fall Kyle started high school which has been a great experience so far.  Here he is dressed up for the homecoming dance!
In 2016 David was asked to be a model in the Cure by Design fashion show to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Dave rocked the stage in his fancy clothes with Pops, GG, Dad and Hope to cheer him on.  I was home helping my boy get his tie straight for homecoming dance and plan a midnight  buffet for his friends after the dance.
In 2016 Hope became a tennis player with the help of Ms. Bennie.  This girl keeps us hopping!
The big news in the past year is that Dave was invited to play on an AAU basketball team and it has been such a blessing for him! What a precious sight to see him decked out in his uniform with his friends.
Kyle used 2016 to get better at his basketball game and it is showing this season.  I am sure 2017 will include many more hours in a gym cheering on our kids playing basketball.
in 2016 the AAU basketball bug his this little love too and she has joined a cute little team.  We even got to watch them win their first tournament a few weeks ago!  I love that our kids learn the valuable life lessons that come from being on a team.
2016 gave us the opportunity for David to participate in Buzz's Bunch events at Virginia Tech.  Words cannot express how thankful we are for the love that David has been shown at VT.  Here he is with Coach Buzz in a post game press conference.
We ended 2016 shopping and planning a great Christmas for the 43 kids our youth adopted through Santa's Elves.  This project is crazy and hectic, but it certainly provides a great blessing to end the year.  We pray that 2017 will provide us many opportunities to teach our own children and the church youth the blessing that comes from serving and loving their neighbor.

The best and biggest news of 2016 came when Mike won the Regional Superintendent of the Year award.  It was so amazing and emotional to watch him accept his award because frankly he was so deserving of it.  We knew when he received his award that God had provided another job opportunity for Mike and that he felt that it was probably going to work out.  Mike was a wonderful and tireless superintendent for ten years but it was time for a little less public and lower stress job which God provided.  In August he began his tenure at the Linwood Holton Governor's School.  He loves the challenge of his new job and we all love his lower stress level  and more time with us.  He has a more balanced life now which is a blessing to him.

We were blessed in 2016 and we cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store!  We pray that as a family we grow closer to God, look for ways to serve Him in our community and enjoy quality time with friends and family.  Welcome 2017!